Tennis for blind and partially sighted people

Visually Impaired and blind Tennis banner

Often called Soundball Tennis, the game is played on either a badminton court or a standard tennis court using a junior tennis racket and an adapted sponge ball that makes a noise when it bounces. Balls can be either black or florescent yellow to give maximum contrast with the colour of the sports hall. Soundball Tennis video link here

The standard rules of tennis apply with just a few modifications: if you’re totally blind you’re allowed three bounces, those with partial sight are allowed two. Just like standard tennis, you can play singles or doubles. Sighted players can play against visually impaired players, but they’re allowed only one bounce and no volleying.

To find out more about what we offer or to get involved, contact Odette Battarel odetteb@pocklington-trust.org.uk

 Upcoming Tennis Events

ActivEyes Redbridge VI Tennis – 2 Sept

Venue:
Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre, Forest Road, Barkingside, Essex, IG6 3HD
Time:
11.00 - 13.00
Phone:
07943 592 140
Date:
02nd September 2015
Cost:
£2.50
More Info

Tennis Practice Session – ITC – 2 Sept

Venue:
Islington Tennis Centre (ITC), Market Road, London, N7 9PL.
Time:
6pm - 8pm
Phone:
N/A
Date:
02nd September 2015
Cost:
£2.50 for Members £5 Non-Members
More Info

Video on Sound Ball Tennis

What Metro can offer:

  • Regular evening practice sessions in London with a coach on hand
  • An annual national tournament in the autumn (thanks to support from the Tennis Foundation)
  • Support to achieve a coaching certificate
  • Sessions for adults and juniors. Islington Tennis Centre Friday sessions are for partially sighted players. National Tennis Centre Friday sessions are for advanced players.
  • Wednesday sessions are for totally blind players (B1) and people who have never played tennis before.

Click on ‘Events and Fixtures’ in the Quicklinks box for more info.

Want to know more?

To find out more about what we offer or to get involved, contact Odette battarel odetteb@pocklington-trust.org.uk

You can watch a video of Odette being interviewed about Sound Ball Tennis at the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGOjB5ZVSj4

See rules for more info.

Read about the Metro Annual Tennis Tournament 2013 and a new players perspective by clicking on ‘Articles’ in the Quicklinks box on this page. For an umpire’s view of the 2012 Tournament, Visit: http://www.csp.org.uk/frontline/article/viewpoint-tennis-anyone

Watch a video on Metro the Tennis Foundation website of metro members playing at the National Tennis Centre

To read about Miyoshi Takei, the inventor of blind tennis, visit:http://www.hanno.jp/matsui/

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